We’re all Jock Tamson’s Bairn, made of the same flesh, blood, bones and stardust, with the same innate potential to dream, create and love.

And that’s really the point of the show Jock Tamson’s Bairns, written and directed by Barry Church-Woods and produced by Civil Disobedience; the live arts company that Barry runs along with husband Josef Church-Woods.

It’s essentially a self-help manual in the shape of a unique show that aims to highlight and challenge bystander behaviour, while celebrating LGBTQ icons and diversity.

Part drag, part interactive cabaret, Jock Tamson’s Bairns is a theatrical experience, exploring queer culture and growing up gay in Scotland in the 1980s/90s. It’s also our way of fighting back against homophobia and transphobia and serves as a reminder that while progress has been made, we still have a long way to go until we’re all treated equal.

Set in an after-hours gay bar where the audience is invited to speak their mind, it mixes scripted elements of storytelling with live music performances and open space discussion. No topic is taboo, but a respect for your fellow humans is compulsory.

tryslaying.com has been set up to share information about Jock Tamson’s Bairns and upcoming performances.

“consistently powerful”

The List

“an attitude of collectiveness and comfort that few companies achieve”

Skinny Magazine

“the most intriguing production being staged in Edinburgh”

All Edinburgh Theatre
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